Juicers aren’t quite as popular as blenders, microwaves, or food processors, but they are an appliance that is only gaining in popularity. Juicing might have started as a health food craze, but it’s become more mainstream as people have realized that fresh juice made from local produce is tasty to drink and fun to cook with.
The perfect juicer for you depends on what you’re planning on juicing. Do you need citrus for your cocktail, do you want an occasional juice blend, or will juicing be part of... a new lifestyle?
There are two types of juicers that you might consider: centrifugal juicers or masticating juicers. Centrifugal juicers shred produce and then spin it to extract the juice and separate it from the pulp. Because they spin at such a fast speed, they can heat the juice and add oxygen which can shorten the shelf-life of the resulting liquid. Most centrifugal juicers also have sharp shredding teeth that can be difficult to clean. However, centrifugal juicers tend to be less expensive than masticating juicers, which crush the product and mash it against a screen to extract the juice. Masticating juicers are sometimes called slow juicers, but from a consumer standpoint, they extract juice quickly and efficiently, and they tend to be better at juicing leafy greens. They also tend to be quieter than centrifugal juicers.
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The Omega Nutrition Center has a slightly larger footprint than vertical juicers and a design that makes this juicer quite different from its peers. But the design is one of the things that makes this a masticating juicer our best overall winner. It can handle hard and soft fruits and leafy greens with minimal foaming thanks to the dual extraction process. That means the juice is extracted during the crushing process, and then the pulp is squeezed to release even more juice,... and create a drier pulp, which ends up being a waste product.
In addition to being a stellar juicer, this model does so much more. Thanks to a range of attachments, it can also be used to make nut butter, to grind coffee or spices, to mince herbs, and to extrude pasta. It even has a homogenizer attachment to make frozen desserts and baby food.
While this isn’t the quietest juicer on the market, it is a truly multi-tasking appliance, plus, it’s a cinch to clean. It’s the ideal pick for people who like juicing but want even more versatility from a single appliance.
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This solidly built juicer is easy to operate, with a single switch to choose from fast, slow, or off. The low speed operates at 6500 RPM and the high speed operates at 13000 RPM.
This updated model features quieter operation and an extra-wide whole-fruit feed chute, so you’ll need less prep work before juicing. The juice isn’t chilled, but the “cold” in the name refers to the cold-spin technology and a micro-mesh filter that reduces the amount of heat transferred to the juice... when compared to similar juicers.
This includes a 70 ounce seal and store juice jug, so you don’t need to transfer the juice to another container, and it has a froth separator to keep the juice foam-free. The proprietary elevated juice system sends the juice flowing upward so you can make the full 70 ounces of juice without stopping while the pulp container holds 3.6 quarts. The juice nozzle is removable for easy cleaning, and a cleaning brush is included.
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Small and affordable, the Compact Juice Fountain from Breville is a centrifugal juicer. It has a large feed tube that can handle a whole apple, so you won’t need to cut your fruits and vegetables into small pieces before juicing. While it’s small, it’s powerful. You might not even need to use the included pusher, except to cover the top to keep the juice from splattering out of the top. If you’re a fan of green juices, keep in mind that this model doesn’t do as well with leafy... greens as some other models.
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If the only juice you need is an occasional lemon or lime, the Zulay squeezer has you covered. It has separate sections to fit larger and smaller fruits and is simple to use, clean, and stash away in your kitchen drawer. Made from coated aluminum, it’s incredibly sturdy and dishwasher safe.
This squeezer extracts more juice compared to hand squeezing or using a reamer, and it catches most of the seeds, although small ones can sometimes slip, though, so depending on what you’re... making it might not be a bad idea to juice over a fine mesh strainer. While it’s sold for juicing lemons and limes, it can handle small oranges as well. You can even tackle larger citrus fruits by cutting them in quarters rather than in halves.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Most juicers are designed for juicing hard fruits and vegetables, but the Novis also has an extra attachment for reaming citrus fruits. You might not opt to use a machine to juice a single lime for your margarita, but if you’re making pitchers of orange juice or you need enough juice for a lemon meringue tart or a key lime pie, it’s great to automate the task.
This is a centrifugal juicer that’s as quiet as a slow-speed juicer when juicing hard and soft fruits and vegetables.... It can produce either nearly pulp-free juice or pulpy juice depending on your preference. The basket with the shredding teeth and strainer comes apart for easy cleaning, and the shredding teeth are much easier to clean than the sieves of other juicer models.
There’s only one switch for on-off operation, but the juicer automatically senses the speed required for the food you’re juicing. That means that there’s no need to guess whether apples or pears or cucumbers should be juiced at a faster or slower speed. The large feed tube means you won’t need to cut fruits and vegetables as much to fit them into the juicer either. Plus, the Novis gets points for design -- it’s sleek, shiny exterior comes in seven bright colors.
The only drawback is that because there is no pulp extraction chute, you’ll need to stop the juicer occasionally to remove pulp if you’re juicing large quantities of fibrous or seedy produce.
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Slow-speed Masticating Juicer
The Hurom slow speed masticating juicer operates very quietly and very efficiently, sending juice out one chute and pulp out another so you can juice continuously, stopping only when you need to empty the juice or pulp containers. It rotates at 43 revolutions per minute, which simulates the effective speed of hand-juicing.The pulp chute can be set to allow more or less pulp in the finished juice, a nice option for those who don’t want to give up all the fiber from... their produce. A safety lock system keeps the juicer from starting unless all parts are properly installed both to protect hands and to make sure the machine operates properly.
This juicer handles hard or soft fruits and vegetables as well as leafy greens with ease. It can also be used for grinding nuts or soybeans for making milk, and can even be used with frozen ingredients to make ice cream.
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Fast-speed Centrifugal Juicer
A common complaint about juicers is that while it can take mere seconds to juice a few carrots and an apple for a drink, cleanup can take much longer. The EasyClean juicer from KitchenAid solves that problem with a ceramic disk for shredding, rather than sharp metal teeth. It has an adjustable pulp screen with three settings for more or less pulp in the juice. While this is a fast-speed centrifugal juicer, it can operate at slightly slower speeds for soft fruits and... fast speeds for hard fruits and vegetables.
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Masticating Juicer Attachment
For those who don't want another appliance clogging their countertop in addition to their KitchenAid stand mixer, the masticating juicer attachment from KitchenAid is worth considering. While not as large or powerful as stand-alone juicers, it comes with three different pulp screens so you can choose how thick you prefer your juice. Because it has a small feed tube, you’ll need to cut fruits and vegetables down to size, and if you’re doing a lot of juicing, you... might need to stop and clean the filter screen when pulp and seeds build up.
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